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nationaljournalThis is Scotland’s secession ballot. 

The Scots


The history of American exceptionalism, of the voice that says that God is on this country’s side, is as old as the U.S. itself.

Professor Richard White takes us back to the beginning:

God’s Country | Richard White


With grim determination. That is how you are going to go about your vacation.

Occasionally, We Get Internal Pronunciation Emails


Hi there

As we approach the Scottish referendum, may I please remind you that the correct pronunciation of Edinburgh is <ED-in-BURR-ah>

+++ if you are Scottish you can say ED-in-BRAH  +++

However it is NOT a an animal’s den “–burrow” or a  large lump of ice    “-berg”



*We checked with Kevin before posting this.

Kevin Beesley

Europe Editor

NPR National Public Radio

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Today’s the 20th anniversary of the 1994 IRA ceasefire. 

And from the BBC — Northern Ireland then and now.

[Irish Times front page from 1994 via @ElaineEdwardsIT on Twitter.]


Sarah Silverman says that most comics’ sense of humor comes from self-loathing. For her, that wasn’t really the case:  

"I think my comedy came more from humiliation… I was a chronic bed-wetter. I had this deep, dark secret. If I had to go to sleepover parties I would just pinch myself awake all night.

The…thing that made me feel the most Jewish, because we weren’t religious in any way, was that I was so friggin’ hairy compared to these Carol Reed, L.L. Bean blonde Aryans that I lived with. So there was that. You want to be funny before anyone is funny on your behalf.” 

Silverman just won an Emmy for best writing for a variety special, her HBO special, We Are Miracles

These findings highlight the important role of bacteria in the bidirectional communication of the gut-brain axis and suggest that certain organisms may prove to be useful therapeutic adjuncts in stress-related disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Is our microbiome – the ecosystem of bacteria in our gut – running our lives

For more on the subject, see Rob Dunn’s fascinating book The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today.

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The Presbyterian Church U.S.A. voted to divest their stock from three American companies on the grounds that these companies participate in the unjust and illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.


The Presbyterian Church’s resolution is persuasive because it embodies two principles: the recognition that without U.S. backing, Israel cannot continue its crimes against the Palestinians and violations of international law, and that the most direct path for Americans to change policy is at home, acting where they have the strongest political and economic power.

More: The Presbyterian Church’s All-American Divestment from the Israeli OccupationBoston Review

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